Tag Archives: Hacks And Mods

Xbox Kinect Hacked

Microsoft’s latest and greatest has been hacked to be controlled on Windows 7. Earlier last week a bounty of $2000 was offered for anyone who could hack and release open source drivers for the Kinect. In a video shared with Gizmodo, the Kinect is being controlled on Windows 7.

Adafruti Industries from New York had offered the reward and in an email to CNET, Torrone from Adafruit said, It’s amazing hardware that shouldn’t just be locked up for Xbox 360. Its radar camera’ being able to get video and distance as a sensor input from commodity hardware is huge.

Video of the Kinect being controlled from Windows 7:

via Venture Beat

Windows 7 Activation Crack Bypasses Windows Activation Technologies (WAT)

Microsoft has been trying to minimize the impact of piracy of their software by introducing new activation technologies. With the introduction of , it became compulsory for users to activate their installation. However, hackers have been able to circumnavigate Microsoft lockdowns in the past and continue to do so.

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A new software called Windows 7 loader claims to provide a Windows 7 Activation Crack to bypass the Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) which requires users to activate their copies after a trial period.

Though the new Windows Activation Crack is still untested, it claims to be able to crack even Windows 7 Service Pack 1. However, Microsoft still has time to release the SP1 to users and the new WAT might kill the new Windows 7 Activation hacks too.

Jailbreak iPhone iOS 4, iOS 4.0.1, iOS 3 iPad 3.2 With Jailbreakme.com Without Any Software

WOW, here is the simplest of all jailbreaks ever released for the . @comex has created a website called jailbreakme.com which will allow you to jailbreak iPhone, using a web browser including Safari.

Jailbreak iPhone Without Software Jailbreakme.com Safari

All you jailbreak fans out there, here is the simplest and most easy jailbreak you will ever come across, a software jailbreak through a website which makes use of an exploit. Just visit http://jailbreakme.com through Safari or any other browser you use and just "slide to jailbreak" your device with one easy step.

This is by far the easiest jailbreak ever released for any Apple devices and supports , iOS 4.0.1, iOS 3.1.3, iOS 3.1.2 and 3.2.1. Definitely a great job by @comex and kudos to him for achieving this.

P.S. The website may appear down for many of you since it is under very heavy usage, you might want to try it again tomorrow if it appears down for you.

Watch Hulu Videos Outside US Without Proxy Server

There have been several ways to watch and access Hulu videos outside US in the past, however, Hulu has been blocking those tools and most of them no longer work. However, now a Reddit user has come up with a way to watch Hulu videos outside US without having to use a proxy server or VPN.

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However, accessing Hulu Videos outside US is not pretty straightforward and will require you to perform several tasks. You will also have to use the Firefox browser and install a .

Access Hulu Videos Outside US for Free

Step 1: Download Firefox (if you don’t have it already) and install the Modify Headers add-on (download here)

Step 2: In Firefox, go to Tools -> Modify Headers and from the drop down box select add and enter “X-Forwarded-For” in the first input box and enter the IP address of any US website and click enter.

Step 3: You will need to block TCP and UDP port 1935 since Hulu Flash client tries to connect to that port. Once you have blocked that port it will fall back to Http. To block TCP and UDP ports on Windows, visit this page.

To UDP and TCP port on a Mac, type this in a terminal window:

sudo ipfw add 0 deny tcp from any to any 1935
sudo ipfw add 0 deny udp from any to any 1935

Linux users will have to do this through the iptables by running the following commands:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 1935 -j DROP
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 1935 -j DROP

That’s it, this trick should allow you to watch Hulu videos outside the US at-least for a while till Hulu comes up with a fix for it. Using this trick might block Flash on other websites, so use it only when you want to watch Hulu videos.

(Reddit via Life Hacker)

Unlock iPhone 3.1.3 Baseband 05.11.07 With Blacksn0w RC2

Finally some good news for people who upgraded to OS 3.1.3 or have been pushing it back because there haven’t been any unlocks for baseband 05.11.07.

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A new version of Blacksn0w has cropped up on the unofficial app store Cydia which will allow users to unlock iPhone OS 3.1.3 with baseband 05.11.07. The unlock which is a release candidate 2 can be accessed from the Cydia store on jailbroken iPhone’s.

Blacksn0w RC2 has not been released officially by GeoHotz who has been working on a untethered jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 which will be released in near future and may also work on the . This version of Blacksn0w is basically a repackaged version of the original version and adds a few fixes to it.

You will have to jailbreak your iPhone using sn0wbreeze and then use the Cydia store to search for Blacksn0w and then install the unlock on your iPhone for this to work. 

[via Redmond Pie]

Unlock T-Mobile HTC HD2 With HSPL2

No one likes locked phones which restrict your activities to a certain carrier and do not allow you to install apps which are not in the available market place. And with the introduction of HTC HD2 by T-Mobile, which incidentally sold out in the first few hours, there might be several users who might be itching to unlock the phone and play around with it.

HTC HD2 Unlock Software T-Mobile

If you are looking to unlock the HTC HD2 you recently bought from T-Mobile, XDA Developers has released a HSPL2 which will allow you to flash the HTC HD2 and unlock it.

Once you unlock the device you can install apps or ROMs which are unofficially available. Instructions to download the HSPL2 and flash the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile is available on the XDA Developers site.

Please make sure to backup your device before you flash it. We take no responsibility if you brick your device, so continue with caution.

Important note: Using the HSPL2 on your device will void your warranty, so use it at your own risk.

GeoHotz Cooks Up Untethered Jailbreak For iPhone OS 3.1.3

George Hotz or GeoHotz as he is popularly known has managed to write a software based jailbreak for OS 3.1.3/3.1.2 which is untethered, aka you will not have to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch if it restarts or the battery runs out.

The Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.1.3 has not been released yet, however, GeoHotz has uploaded a video of the working jailbreak on (embedded below). Apple had made it pretty hard for iPhone jailbreak developers to create untethered jailbreaks and this news will definitely bring a lot of cheer to people who have been waiting for it.

GeoHotz is also the author of blackra1n a jailbreaking tool for iPhone and iPod touch. The new untethered jailbreak will be released as a new software, however, George has said that there is no fixed release date yet.

We will keep you in the loop on when a untethered jailbreak is released by George, in the meantime watch the video of the jailbreak in action below.

How to Run Deb Files on Android

Android is one of the most powerful OS available today. We can even run debian applications on Android. To do so, ghostwalker at androidfanatic has made a custom Debian Shell for Android. The process is quite easy and it helps you to boot into a Debian shell which expands your reach to many new softwares. Just follow the steps below :

  • You need to download a modded firmware update if you are using G1. Get it here.
  • save the update.zip file on the SDcard
  • Boot into recovery mode (home+power) then press alt+s to apply changes
  • Download the installer for Debian Shell here.
  • unzip the file and copy the folder debian to SDcard’s root.
  • Go to /sdcard/debian through the terminal
  • Type su
  • Type chmod 4755 *
  • run the installer by typing installer.sh
  • Type bootdeb to mount and boot the debian system.

That’s it. This little mod is all it takes to run deb files on your Android.

Note: This mod does not in any way change your phone’s OS or harms it in any way.

Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM For HTC Touch Pro With HTC Sense 2.5

A new Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been released for the HTC Touch Pro. The ROM includes HTC Sense 2.5, video call support, adobe reader, FM radio, WiFi Sharing and Windows Live among other features.

HTC Touch Pro Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots

The unofficial Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been created by a XDA forum member and is named James72 ITA. The language of the HTC Sense 2.5 used in the ROM is Italian. The WinMo 6.5 ROM is only for HTC Touch Pro aka HTC T7272.

You can download the ROM for HTC Touch Pro from here. Please make sure to backup your device before you flash your ROM.

Android 2.1 "Eclair" ROM For HTC Hero

Now we are not sure if Sprint is going to release an Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Moment yet, even when we know that a Sprint Rep confirmed the March 26th release through a voice message.

HTC Hero

If you are too anxious and can’t wait for the 2.1 update for your HTC Hero, a XDA forum member has release an Eclair 2.1 ROM for GSM based HTC Hero.

The Eclair 2.1 ROM brings lots of features which are part of the latest Android OS including Live wallpapers.

If you want to update your HTC Hero ROM, head over to this post on the XDA Forums and download the ROM. Make sure to follow the exact instructions to root your room and flash it. And yes, this goes without saying that you need to make backups before you do anything with your phone.

Please root your device at your own risk, we should not be held responsible if you manage to brick your device.

Changing Camera Sound in N900

Changing the camera’s sound in N900 is quite easy. All system sounds are stored in usr/share/sound. Just follow the following simple steps to do so:

  • Root your N900 if you have not already. Just download rootsh from application manager.
  • Connect to N900 using any FTP client (like Filezilla or WinSCP) over WiFi.
  • Go to usr/share/sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_1 by any new sound file (the format doesn’t matter). It’s the camera’s shutter sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_2. It’s the video recording sound
  • Replace camera_snd_title_3. It’s the camera’s focus sound
  • Disconnect and restart your phone

That’s it. This will change your phone’s camera sounds to the new sound files. If you want a silent camera, just rename or delete the files instead of adding new ones.

Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM for HTC Touch Pro2

HTC Touch Pro2 which is part of the Sprint network has Windows Mobile 6.1 installed by default. If you are looking to upgrade the ROM to Windows Mobile 6.5, you will be able to do it thanks to a custom ROM released by HTC Pedia.

HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile 6.5 Welcome Screen

The custom ROM can be applied on devices which are HSPL unlocked. The Windows Mobile 6.5 for HTC Touch Pro2 contains several pre-installed applications including Adobe PDF, Audio Booster, and more.

You can download the HTC Blue Smoke Sense 2.5 ROM CE OS 5.2.21895 (Build 21895.5.0.90) from here.

DYK Thursday: Some More Awesome Google Search Tricks

In the last DYK, I had talked about some hoax pages that Google had created on April Fool’s Day. This time too, it’s about Google but I have brought some more interesting stuff that you would surely like.

Today, I am gonna tell you some easter eggs in Google Search. Check out!

  1. Nice trick: Go to Google.com. Search for “ascii art”. You will see that the Google logo has turned into a ascii code.
  2. The loneliest number: Searching for “the loneliest number” on Google will give you the result in calculator as 1!
  3. Wondering what is life? Google answers it!: Searching for “the answer to life, the universe, and everything” on Google will give you the answer from the calculator as 42! This was related to a film called “The Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy” in which they find out some answer through complicated calculations. Sorry, i don’t much as I haven’t seen the movie.
  4. Hmmm, I can see that!: Searching for “the number of horns on a unicorn” on Google will give you the answer as 1. [The actual reason behind this is that Google sometimes considers these words as strings. You can verify this y multiplying those words with another number. This applies for the above example too]
  5. Oh, is it?: Searching for “once in a blue moon” on Google search will give you the result as “1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz” in the calculator.

That looks like a small list, isn’t it? That’s all I could get for the “search tricks” this time. Will update it as and when I come to know about new ones.

To make this post a little longer, and entertain you for some more time, I have added some cool easter eggs here.

Picasa Easter Egg

If you are using Picasa, to process your images, then here is a cool easter egg.

Keep pressing Ctrl + Shift + Y, and you will see something really cute and cool! Check out the screenshot below. Thanks for the screenshot, Keith! [ Click on the screenshot to enlarge.]

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Wow, that's so cute! I am sure girls who are seeing this are the first to try it! :)

Google Reader Easter Egg

Google Reader has a secret mode called the Ninja Mode. We had already covered it in one of the earlier posts. If you have missed that out, go ahead and check it here.

So, that’s it for today!

Can My iPhone Be Jailbroken and Unlocked? F0recast Will Tell You

As a newbie to , many users are excited about going out on an adventure to jailbreak and unlock the device. Why? Well, do I need to answer that? But that aside, can an iPhone be unlocked or jailbroken into?

This question cannot be answered by just looking at the iPhone or knowing the firmware OS version. So what do you do then? Nothing much, use F0recast and it will tell you whether or not your iPhone or iPod Touch can be jailbroken and unlocked or not.

f0recast Finds if iPhone Can be Jailbroken

F0recast is a new application written by the creators of sn0wbreeze, who are one among the many developers who release jailbreaking and unlocking software for the iPhone, so that users can do away with the restrictions that Apple puts in.

To use f0recast, download the app, connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your PC and run the app. It will show you some information about the device and tell you whether or not it is unlockable and tethered.

Download f0recast [via Redmond Pie]

Windows 7 Update – Microsoft Will Seek and Destroy Pirated Copies

Today on the Genuine Windows Blog, it was announced that Windows 7 will get an update to it’s “Windows Activation Technologies” (WAT). So what is WAT? This feature set was developed to detect if a copy of Windows 7 is “genuine“,  properly activated and has a valid license. In plain English, they want to find out if you have a pirated or cracked copy of Windows 7.

Windows 7 TipsThe new WAT update will detect over 70 “known and potentially dangerous activation exploits“. It may be true that many PCs that have been activated using a crack or hack are infected or at risk of infection. However, Microsoft is plainly stating that this update is mainly for the protection of the users. I have a feeling that there are lots of users who don’t want this protection.

According to the post, this Windows 7 update is “voluntary” and it doesn’t have to be installed. I have to take this statement as the truth, however, I’ve seen plenty of times when I had no choice but to accept updates. Have you ever shut down your PC and then discovered that it’s gone into an automatic update before it shuts down? Who has a choice when this happens?

I’m keeping my hopes up, but I would guess that we are going to see lots of problems stemming from this new update. In the past, any time a change has been made to Windows activations, even legitimate copies of Windows suddenly stop working, or start displaying warnings.

Be sure to post a comment below if you see the new update or experience a problem because of it.